LG Optimus 2X owners, here is some good news for you. The Korean company has finally got its act together and has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for O2X owners in Europe and other regions of the world. The update comes more than an year after Google unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
LG had released the ICS update for the Korean version of the Optimus 2X quite a few months ago, but took its own sweet time to release the update in Europe. The v30a ICS firmware includes all the goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich, along with smoother performance and LG’s latest launcher.
Optimus 2X owners can update their handset to Android 4.0 right away by using LG’s update tool, but many users have been reporting problem while using the app. For most O2X owners, the app re-installs the v20a firmware instead of upgrading the phone to ICS (v30a).
The Ice Cream Sandwich update marks the end of software support for the Optimus 2X from LG. So if you are expecting that LG might just update your handset to Jelly Bean, I am sorry to break your heart, but its not going to.
The Optimus 2X was the world’s first dual-core smartphone, but the way LG handled the software updates for the handset, it left a very bad taste with all O2X owners.
Via – GSMArena
There might not be many LG Optimus handset owners out there, but the way the Korean company has confused its current Optimus user base regarding the ICS update for their handsets, it is going to lose their faith as well.
While LG had initially confirmed that it will be rolling out the ICS update for the Optimus 2X, Black and Optimus 3D, its Facebook PR page recently suggested otherwise.
Thanks to all the negative criticism that followed after that, LG Singapore finally decided to clear the air on this issue. The LG Mobile Singapore PR team has confirmed via their Facebook page that the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus LTE, Optimus 3D and the Prada will get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich.
While the post from the PR representative does not mention as to when the roll-out will begin, it does state that the update is currently being “fine-tune” for improved experience right now.
Hopefully, this news should come as a sense of relief for many Optimus owners who must have been cursing LG for not updating their device to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Via – GSMArena
Among all the major Android OEM manufacturers, LG has been the slowest in bringing Ice Cream Sandwich update to its handset. The Korean company has just started rolling out the ICS update for the LG Nitro HD, while its other previous-gen droid handsets patiently wait for their turn.
LG had earlier released a list of handsets that it will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich, which included the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black. Sadly, LG Canada has annouced via its Twitter account that it won’t be bringing ICS to the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black.
The Optimus 2X was the first dual-core toting handset to be released to the world, but the company’s poor software support essentially made it a failure. It is nothing but shameful to see a dual-core phone not getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update. On the other hand, the Optimus Black packs similar internals as the Nexus S, which recently got its Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. The Korean company definitely needs to hire some better developers!
Considering LG’s statement that the “original upgrade announcement was a general statement issued from the HQ”, don’t be surprised if the company shelves the ICS update for its other handsets.
Via – GSMArena
Until now, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Sony have all updated at least a few of their handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. LG is the only company that still has not updated any of its Android running handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company had initially promised to roll-out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Optimus 2X sometime in Q2.
However, the company has now postponed the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Optimus 2X handset to Q3. Quite a few other Optimus branded handsets from LG were also scheduled to receive their ICS update in Q3, and the Optimus 2X joins them. If the company manages to stick to its word this time, it will take LG a whopping 9 months to update even a single Optimus branded handset to ICS.
This is downright disastrous for the company’s image, and is going to make a negative impact on its handset’s sale. With the Korean company’s handset sales already dwindling, and losses increasing this is perhaps the last thing LG could have hoped for. The company should spend some money on hiring better Android engineers if it wants its mobile division to stay in business.
Via – LG’s Official Facebook Page
Companies generally reveal their greatest and latest handsets at the MWC every year. However, it looks like LG thinks otherwise. The company has announced a slew of handsets in the last 4 days, and has announced another one today – the Optimus 4X HD.
The Optimus 4X HD is the successor to the Optimus 2X, the world’s first dual-core phone, and comes with a, yeah you guessed it right, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. All the four cores on the Tegra 3 SoC can run as high as up to 1.5GHz. The Optimus 4X HD is also pretty slim with a thickness of 8.9mm, and comes with a massive 4.7-inch IPS display with a 720p (1280×720) resolution. The phone still has capacitive keys, and not on-screen buttons like the Galaxy Nexus. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot.
All the usual connectivity features like SHSPA +21Mbps, GPS with A-GPS and the usual sensors are also present. At the back of the Optimus 4X is an 8MP snapper aided by an LED flash, and accompanied by a 1.3MP shooter in the front for video calling. Thankfully, LG has also packed in a massive 2150mAh batter inside the handset!
Also, the handset will be running on Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s custom skin on top, to ruin the whole ICS experience. The company will announce more details about the Optimus 4X HD including its price and release date at MWC next week.
Once Google released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich code to the public, it was just a matter of time before all major Android handset manufacturers announced a rough timeline as to when they will bring the latest version of Android to their handsets. After Motorola, Samsung and Sony, it is now LG which has announced via Facebook that it will be bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Optimus range of Android handsets beginning from Q2/Q3 of 2012. LG will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Optimus LTE, LG Prada 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, my Touch Q and the LG Eclipse during the Q2 of 2012.The LG Optimus 3D, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2 and the Optimus EX will get their share of Ice Cream Sandwich love in Q3 of 2012.
Compared to Samsung and Sony, who have promised to release the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for their high-end handsets by late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012, LG is pretty slow. Q3 means more than 8 months would have already passed since Google had announced Ice Cream Sandwich. If LG wants to reverse their mobile division’s balance sheet and profit margin, they better step up their game and release timely Android updates for their handsets.
LG has finally released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile branded G2X, which is basically the European version of Optimus 2x.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the G2X will also squash other serious bugs with the handset especially the random reboot one. G2X owners, who have already installed the Gingerbread update on their handset, are reporting improvements in performance and stability of the phone. The battery life of the handset has also improved noticeably.
Even though the software update brings Gingerbread to the G2X, it does NOT update the kernel to version 2.6.35.xx. The kernel remains the same as the one used in the Froyo, carrying the version number 2.6.32.xx. This means, that the G2X owners will be devoid of all the kernel related improvements which Gingerbread brought.
Sadly, the update can be installed only via LG’s software update application. The OTA update is supposed to go live sometime in the next couple of weeks. Until then, G2X owners will have to use their PC to update the handset.
Frankly, I would suggest every T-Mobile G2X and Optimus 2X owner to flash a custom ROM like CM7 on their handset. The true potential of the G2X/2X is only unleashed, after one installs a custom ROM on it.
On the first day of this month, Chris Ziegler over at This Is My Next gave us a small preview of the upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2X. He managed to get the Gingerbread update on his handset, via PaulOBrien.
Sadly, at that time the Gingerbread leak was not made public by Paul or by Chris.
Today, it’s a different story though. Paul has gone ahead and released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaked update for the T-Mobile G2X in an update.zip format. The leak has no major bugs and issues, and there is a high possibility of it becoming an official release.
Early reports suggest that the overall phone performance and responsiveness have improved, considerably. The scrolling performance, and touch sensitivity of the screen have been improved as well. The custom Camera interface by LG as seen in Android 2.2 FroYo, has been replaced with stock Gingerbread camera UI.
Sadly, the Gingerbread version is 2.3.3, which means video call via Google talk is a no go!
Interested G2X owners can head over to this thread over at MoDaCo forums to download the Gingerbread leak for their handset. The update.zip is pre-rooted as well!
The LG Optimus 2X or the T-Mobile G2X is the current favorite phone of the CyanogenMod team. In fact, Cyanogen himself uses this phone. All this, just because the handset does not have a locked boot loader.
The Cyanogen team has already started working on bringing CyanogenMod 7 to the Optimus 2x and the G2X. The CM team has even started cooking out CM7 based nightly ROMs for the handsets.
Since this is a nightly ROM, Optimus 2X and G2X owners should keep in mind that there will be some bugs and issues with the ROM.
CyanogenMod is the best AOSP based Custom ROM out there. In its latest version, the ROM is based on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, and packs some useful features like Profile Support, Theme Manager and DSP Manager.
The LG Optimus 2X/G2X is the most powerful phone to be supported by the CyanogenMod team until now. Hopefully, the CM team will also support the upcoming dual-core monster the Samsung Galaxy S II. It has already been confirmed that the Galaxy S II will have an unlocked boot loader.
Interested Optimus 2X/G2X owners should head over to this link to download CM7 nightly ROM for their handset. For more information about CM7 on the LG Optimus 2X/G2X, users should head over to this thread.
Today, LG announced the launch of the LG Optimus 2X and the LG Optimus Black in India. The LG Optimus 2X is priced at Rs 30,000 while the Optimus Black will be be priced a tad lower at Rs 27,000.
The LG Optimus 2X is the first dual core smartphone which is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. It will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread soon, and comes with a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 512 MB RAM. It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with an 8 MP camera and 8 GB internal storage.
The LG Optimus Black is the first phone with a Nova display which comes with Android 2.2 Froyo as well. It is also supposed to receive an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a 5 MP camera, a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 2 GB internal storage and a 4 inch Nova display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
Both the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black will be available soon.
“Smart phones have marked the beginning of a new era and undoubtedly 2011 will be the year of smart phones in India. India market is already witnessing a huge demand for these futuristic devices and this demand will tremendously grow in coming years. At LG, we are highly focused on innovation based on thorough consumer research, that helps us prioritize consumer choice as a key strategy for expanding our footprint in the mobile industry. Our endeavours in the Smart phone category is to bring the latest in technology offerings simultaneously with global introduction in order to give our consumers the best.” said Mr. Vishal Chopra, Business Head, Mobile Communication, LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd.